New Bay Area Breweries Begin to Emerge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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Headlands Brewery, which is opening a beer garden on Lafayette's Mt. Diablo Boulevard, is one of several new breweries planning to launch in 2021. (Artist rendering/Headlands Brewery)

Many breweries across the Bay Area have had difficulties with the coronavirus pandemic, including disruptions in their supply channels and causing some establishments to close down permanently.

However, some new breweries are beginning to show signs of developing through their planning stages. One example is Mill Valley-based headlands Brewing, which is scheduled to bring a taproom and beer garden this spring to 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

Another one that would begin opening its doors to Concord residents is Side Gate Brewery & Beer Garden. Several years ago, the brewery’s co-founder, Kevin Wilson, was at the Great American Beer Festival doing research for his planned brewery. The establishment is scheduled to make its debut in 2021 at 1822 Grant St.

Several other breweries are closing in on their launch dates, including Otherwise Brewing in San Francisco, which specializes in gluten-free beers and can be found at 1195 Evans Ave. in Oakland, Buck Wild Brewing began serving serve gluten-free beers at its taproom last month at 401 Jackson St.

Next year, Emeryville’s Wonderous Brewing aims to serve the public at 1306 65th St. Mad Pursuit Brewing is looking to conquer Hollister with a spring opening at 628 San Benito St.

Some breweries, on the other hand, are still about a year from opening, including Unreal Brewing in San Jose, Mercurius Beer in San Francisco, Two Rock Brewing in Petaluma, and Otto’s Garage Brewery in Mill Valley, Mercury News reported.

There are still some long-serving breweries in the Bay Area, such as San Francisco and San Leandro’s 21st Amendment Brewery, which has been open for two decades this year. The brewery’s founders, Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia, began with only a small brewpub new the new ballpark of the San Francisco Giants.

O’Sullivan and Freccia were able to sign their lease just a few days before officials announced the ballpark. The 21st Amendment is one of the first breweries in the United States to go all-in on canning their beer. In 2015, the brewery opened its San Leandro production facility and taproom, which used to produce Frosted Flakes and Pop-Tarts.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, O’Sullivan and Freccia decided on a new Chalkboard Project series. They have already put out their first release, the Hop Solo Hazy IPA. It is a Galaxy hop-forward beer that is released with 24 hours of being brewed.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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